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Part 1 of a video recording of an open seminar with George Lipsitz about culture and power. Lipsitz discusses social and economic inequality and culture produced by people who are often marginalized by cultural monopolies. He cites Dizzy Gillespie’s 1964 presidential campaign as an example of using satire and comedy to address serious social issues. A group discussion follows, in which Lipsitz discusses how labor movements go beyond class and encompass gender and race, how television advertisements segment audiences by promoting different products at different times to project a normative sense of time, and how high/low culture binaries confuse the ways in which culture functions. He notes that high culture music frequently promotes romantic fantasies about a pre-commercial past, but often has its own commercial values and concerns.
Lipsitz, George Cultural studies Teaching Teachers Perry, Ivory Lead poisoning Consumer goods Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 African Americans Political campaigns Marxism and culture Television Advertising Marketing Music Gender Race Poverty
Original VHS: Drucker Archives; Open Seminar with George Lipsitz, Part 1, undated